Fisher Towers

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Fisher Towers

Distance: 7.8km
Elevation: 371m
Time: 2-2.5

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This popular trail brings hikers through monumental sandstone towers popular with many climbers, otherwise known as the majestic Fisher Towers. The trail slowly climbs beside the towers until if finally gains a ridge, granting panoramic views of all the towers as well as the expansive valley and the Colorado River.

Getting there

From Moab drive north along the 191 for 4.0km until you reach the first highway junction. Turn right onto the 128 East (this junction is before you cross the Colorado River). This scenic highway continues for 33.8km until you turn right onto the signposted dirt road leading towards the Fisher Towers. This road is easily driven by sedans.

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When to do

Year Round

Backcountry Campsites

Yes

Toilets

Yes

Family friendly

No

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Moderate to High

Route Type

Out and back


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Detailed Description

The parking lot at the trailhead is relatively small compared to the popularity of the hike. Arrive early or be prepared to park a ways down the access road. The area is named after an old miner who, back in the 1880s, lived near the towers.

On the right hand side of the parking lot the trail begins. You will descend into a small canyon shortly after beginning, and then quickly climb out of it on the other side. From here the trail continues at a constant uphill grade that is not especially steep. The first two-thirds of the trail hug the base of the towers, snaking in and out with each valley or canyon.

A short ways along the trail you will reach a well signposted junction leading climbers to the left and hikers to the right. The red dirt trail continues for another little ways before reaching a point with a gorgeous view of the Titan. This rock tower is 900 feet tall, and its presence is truly captivating! Like a fish fin the titan juts out from its peers to dominate the skyline.

The only difficult section of the trail is aided by a metal step ladder, which brings you down an otherwise difficult to navigate rocky step. Take care when it’s wet, as the bare stainless steel can be slippery.

Towards the end of the path the trail diverts from the towers and leads out along a ridge for several hundred yards. On one side you will get magnificent views of the steep cliffs that line the entirety of the huge valley, as well as the brown flowing Colorado River. On the other you will see tetrahedral hills covered in small shrubs. Both of the contrasting scenes are stunning. Looking back the way you came you will be treated with a panoramic view of all the towers, with the Titan taking center stage. Return to the parking lot the way you came.

Insider Hints

  • There is a BLM campground operated right beside the trailhead. Stay here if you want sunrise or sundown shots of the towers.

  • Many guiding outfits in Moab run climbing trips up several of these towers. Consider looking into climbing on of the classic routes on any of the towers.

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Annie Smith1 week ago

Nice hike and we stayed at the campground to get an early day out to Fisher Towers.

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Wyatt Thomas2 weeks ago

Fisher Towers was a site to see!

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MaggieRoy3 weeks ago

Lovely spot, we had our lunch here.

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